Wednesday, July 13, 2005

So what's that intangible something I feel a collection of poems has to have in order to be truly compelling? Is it as simple-minded as the book's having something to say (even if it's "I have nothing to say, and I'm saying it")? Something urgent, or at least compelling for the poet? Something felt, even while it might be theoretically oriented?

Is this coming to mind because this is a rare quality, or am I just feeling grumpy?


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